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My Ballard alerts us to the return of Shilshole's Sea Serpent sculpture , and notes the supposedly mythical creature's longtime status as an object of

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The Return of the Supposedly Mythical Sea Serpent

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My Ballard alerts us to the return of Shilshole's Sea Serpent sculpture, and notes the supposedly mythical creature's longtime status as an object of fascination among Ballardites. There's this 1910 photo of old-fashioned people showing off their wooden model on a Ballard beach, and this 1906 photo of the same.

But are we really so sure they never existed? Peep this 1896 article (pdf), from The New York Times, i.e. the Newspaper of Record (albeit quoting the Tacoma Ledger):

It is a formidable looking monster, 7 feet 2 inches long. It has the body of a snake, the head of a dog, and the fangs of a tiger...

The body of the sea serpent is spotted and ribbed like that of a rattlesnake. Its movements are serpentine in character. It is about as thick as a man's thigh at the neck, gradually tapering to a point at the tail. The under jaw is wrinkled and heavy and from the general build of the monster, it must be capable of exerting tremendous strength in its native element...

When fishing there on june 5 a female of the strange species seven feet two inches long was first hooked. Her struggles attracted the attention of the male, which rose to the surface and attacked the boat. It had to be struck on the head repeatedly with an oar before it could be handled. An oar was snapped in two by his powerful jaws in a second, and a steel gaff, which was thrust through his gill into the mouth, was bit almost in two...

Fisherman McClean says that such a monster swimming alongside of a rowboat with raised head would turn the oldest and bravest fisherman's hair gray.

 
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